|Life, Crimes, and Confession of Bridget Durgan, The Fiendish Murderess of Mrs. Coriel: Whom she Butchered, Hoping to Take her Place in the Affections of the Husband of her Innocent and Lovely Victim... - author unknown. Publication info - Philadelphia: C.W. Alexander, 1867.|
True Crime account. Bridget Durgan was convicted and hanged for murdering Mrs. Coriel, her employer. In the opening passages of this book, which also contains a text which purports to be a confession written by Durgan herself, the themes that will sound through the book are revealed: Durgan is "wretched", "brutal", a "demon girl" possessed of a "hellish design". This account would appear to provide little opportunity for titillation, but the writer manages to inject sex into the story both by em...
Keywords: murder; female criminals; Bridget Durgan; confessions